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FAILURE OF A PONTYPRIDD RANK…

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FAILURE OF A PONTYPRIDD RANK MANAGER. It will surpiise many to learn that a petition in bankruptcy has lpevit mado and a receiving order granted against Mr. Merchant, manager of the Metro- politan Bank at Pontypridd. Mr. Merchant was for many years manager of the National Bank of Wal' s at Pontypridd, and his serv ices in that capacity were retained by the Metropolitan Bank when they took over the business. He has always been held in the highest respect, and possessed considerable influence in the banking world, largo volumes of busi- ness passing through his hands from time to time. Nothing appears to bo known of the causes which have led to his present unfortunate position, lie has been in a precarious state of health for some time, been in a precarious state of health for some time, and Mr. Hodges has been acting for him. A meeting of creditors will shortly be held. and the causes of the bankruptcy will then be made known. Inconsequence of tho proceedings taken, a cale of Mr. Merchant' furniture has been withdrawn.

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